Westland Whirlwind Fighter




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fighter
one
RR Peregrine in-line
2 x 885 h.p. ea.
7,840 lbs.
10,270 lbs.
4- 20 mm
1,000 lbs.
32 ft. 9 in.
45 ft.
360 mph
1,500 fpm
30,000 feet
800 miles
10/11/38
1940

Westland Whirlwind

Westland Whirlwind Fighter

The Westland Whirlwind fighter was the first single seat twin engine aircraft deployed by the English RAF. Its initial missions were slated to be for use as a night fighter, long range bomber escort, and eventually as a fighter bomber.

The aircraft was produced with a number of innovations. A bubble canopy provided excellent visibility from the cockpit, and its four 20 mm cannons provided excellent armament.

The Westland Whirlwind fighter is probably best remembered as the escort fighter protecting heavy bombers on raids on Cologne, Germany in August of 1941.

The fighter seemed to do well at lower altitudes and in the low level ground attack role, using its cannons to maximum advantage.  Whirlwind No. 137 Squadron primarily used the aircraft as fighter-bombers for low-level cross-Channel missions.

Unfortunately, the Westland Whirlwind fighter lacked performance at higher altitudes and had numerous engine problems. A relatively high landing speed of about 80 mph limited use of the aircraft to longer runways. While originally intended as a long range bomber escort, the aircraft actually had a relatively short combat radius of about 350 miles when fully loaded with ammunition and bombs.

The Westland Whirlwind fighter started being removed from front line service in December of 1943 and was retired in June of 1944. A total of 116 aircraft were produced.

Westland Whirlwind Fighter - Hakelberg

Westland Whirlwind Fighter

That's Klaus Hakelberg with his scratch built Westland Whirlwind fighter. It has a 96 in. wingspan, is made from balsa and ply, and powered by a couple of Ultra 1600 motors.

The AMA Plans Service has plans for the Westland Whirlwind fighter. Its wingspan is 55 in. For power you will need a pair of .10 two stroke engines. Plan no. is 515E.